Video: Louth’s youngest trader delighted with council backing

Louth’s youngest market trader says she is loving ‘every minute’ of trading after being given extra support for her fledgling business venture.

As reported on Wednesday, Louth’s two youngest market stall traders are being given the backing to make their business ventures even more successful by the local council.

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Hannah Bristow, 21, along with fellow trader James Simpson, 22, have gained support from East Lindsey District Council, who run Louth market, in conjunction with the National Market Traders’ Federation.

Hannah recently set up her own coffee stall after working in her parents’ café, Larders, for 18 months

As part of the First Pitch Scheme the duo will enjoy free rent throughout Love Your Local Market fortnight, from May 15 to 29, followed by a 50 per cent reduction in June and July and one free stall per month from August until May 2014.

The backing is part of a drive to both support existing traders and attract new ones in order to help the market grow.

Speaking to the Leader, Hannah said she loves ‘every minutes’ of trading in Louth.

“I’ve got the support of my parents, East Lindsey District Council and all of the other market traders,” she said.

“The support is very important,” she said.

“If I didn’t have the support I probably wouldn’t be standing here.

She described her coffee stall, a spinoff of her parents’ coffee shop further up from the market, as ‘unique’, and revealed plans to expand her fledgling business when she’s passed her driving test!

Both will also get the option of a free mentor and membership to the National Market Traders’ federation for a year.

At the end of the 12 months, they will be invited to a markets masterclass and awards ceremony with other First Pitchers from across the country where one will bag £2,000 to boost their business to the next level.